the living drylands
Desert distribution and diversity
Ancient and evolving landscapes
Water in the desert
Desert ecology and adaptations
Africa: The Sahara
East Africa and the Horn of Africa
Plants and animals of African deserts
The spiny forest of Madagascar
The drylands of southern Africa
The Okavango Delta - a precious wetland resource
The Namib Desert and its unique plants
The Middle East: The Arabian Desert, Empty Quarter and Yemen Highlands
Islam - religion and way of life
A network of trade routes
Dryland plants and animals
Nature conservation in Jordan
Socotra - Yemen's biodiversity jewel
Asia: The deserts of Central Asia
Extraordinary animals of Asian deserts
Management of the desert ecosystem
Conservation in the post-Soviet era
The Thar Desert
The Gobi Desert
Australia: Sand deserts and ancient landforms
Desert plants and animals
Traditional desert livelihoods
The Americas: Arizona and California
The deserts of Mexico
The coastal deserts of South America
The arid lands of Brazil
The dryland future: Conservation
Protecting desert ecosystems and landscapes
World Heritage sites
Tourism - the Grand Canyon and desert adventures
Sketch map of arid regions of the world
Desert species of concern
World Heritage sites located in arid environments
Deserts represent the ultimate challenge to life on Earth. Their lack of water and extreme temperatures make survival difficult for both wildlife and people, yet deserts are rich in animal and plant life and culture.
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